Category Archives: Stanza


Membership of Cross Border Poets has reached bursting point. Regrettably, from January 2017 onwards, we are unable to accept new members but will review the situation in six months time.




December Meeting


Our December meeting will take place at 7.30pm on 9 December in the Haydn Rees Room. It will be an ‘Open mic without a mic’ evening when we can read several of our poems to an audience of ourselves. Time allocated will depend on numbers attending… and of course on mince pie eating time.

We can also discuss future projects, including name and promotion of the music-poetry collaboration event.



Website Changes

I have made some changes to the website. Members should have received an email from me.

1. I have moved the Members menu from the top of the page into the right hand column.

2. You no longer need to use the special password the-real-stanza to access the Members page. You need to be logged in to view the page – you will be directed to the login page if you aren’t.

3. I have added a StaPoWriMo menu below the Members menu. This will take you to a page containing a link for each day of the month. You need to be logged in to view the page – you will be directed to the login page if you aren’t.

4. When you login you will be taken to the home page, not the dashboard. You can access the dashboard from the black WordPress menu bar at the top of the page.

5. To add a poem to StaPoWriMo you should login and add your poem as normal. But instead of assigning category ‘workshop’ you should choose the category with the date where you want the poem to appear (there is one for each day oct 1, oct 2 etc).

Remember, if you forget your password you can request another from the login page. Your username is, with one or two exceptions, your first name followed by space followed by your last name.

Any problems contact me.

Happy StaPoWriMo. Do it, you know you can!

Grist To The Mill

A bit of flippancy…

On reading my emails this morning (I know, I shouldn’t until I’ve done at least 1000 words), some bright spark reminded me that it was 100 days until Christmas.  (I think it’s a bit longer but never mind).  After an initial Grrr, I thought about how I could turn this to my advantage..

What if I wrote 1000 words a day?  That’s a book, or a lot of poems!

What if I lost 1lb a week, 14 weeks, that’s a stone!

What if I walked 5 miles a day, that’s 500 miles, though I may end up too far away to come to Stanza meetings?

So far, I’m still at the ‘What if’ stage……

Thanks to Keith for setting this up and for tackling all the teething troubles!

Sarah (Lewis)


I’m gearing up for StaPoWriMo, Cross Border Poets’ version of NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Writing Month, which takes place every April.  The object is to write a poem a day and to post it onto the poet’s blog. Or not. One can simply keep them private. Either way, at the end of the month participating poets will have written 30 poems. Blooming marvellous.

Cross Border Poets’ StaPoWriMo, Stanza Poetry Writing Month, is scheduled for October.  With any luck there will be writing prompts every day, one from me and others from anyone else who’d like to join in. Posted on the General category these will be visible to anyone visiting the site.  However, when it comes to posting our poems, the place to do it will be in the Members part of the website. This will ensure that poems won’t be visible to the world at large which means they can be submitted subsequently to competitions / magazines etc.